Sunday 29th December 2019
The Watney Salver was introduced by Captain Gordon Watney in 1909. The first singles knockout competition at the club and 110 years later remains a tough trophy to win. Yesterday the presentation of this lovely salver was made to the 2019 winner Brian Willmor by club chairman Richard Taylor.
Sunday 29th December 2019
A pairs stableford competition with one score counting on odd holes and both scores counting on even holes, winning points target probably mid 50’s. Easy until you add in the battle element lose a hole against your opponents and they confiscate one club, lose two in a row and your putter can go, only by wining a hole can you regain these clubs or confiscate one of theirs. So now maybe mid 50’s might be more difficult, as proved the case for some teams !!
However whilst the average score was 52 two teams excelled, finishing second was Mark Day and Ian Simmonds with 61 points, but our winners with 65 points were Jacob Willis and Pete Masters, we only needed to look at their opponents Tim Vaughan and Elliott Simmonds bags to appreciate how well they played, Tim finished the last hole with just two wedges everything else had been confiscated, so their 50 points was pretty creditable given the circumstances.
Next Saturday as play Snakes and Ladders entry via usual channels.
Sunday 15th December 2019
Lots of dressing up for our xmas scramble today, jumpers and hats aplenty, but determined to win the prize was chairman Richard Taylor, not only santa full attire but a blinged up buggy as well including xmas lights…….marvellous !
As for the competition a three player step aside scramble with many changes as you proceeded around the course, double points, treble points, blue tees, alternate, concessions, no putters all gave variety but nothing caused as many problems as scramble unscrambled, when the team had to play the worse shot, friendships would have been severely tested if this were played over eighteen holes rather than just two, in fact questionable if anyone would have finished the round !!
In the end every team scored 49 points or more, 4th place went to Jerry Hyde, Jonathan Benn and Mark Day with 54 points, three teams finished with 58 points and were operated on count back, in 3rd place were Pete Masters, Ken Chesney and John Bungay, 2nd place Kevin Griffin, Phil Trayner and a Saturday first timer Nigel Bird, winners were Chris Romyn, Barry Wells and David Bundred.
Next Saturday we will play a devious variation of Flag, details will follow soon, but enter now.
Monday 9th December 2019
A cold and frosty morning greeted the gathering to witness the drive-in of the new mens captain Steve Rosier.
What you might not know is that this whole ‘driving in’ ceremony, which is quaintly British and now common place at clubs the length and breadth of the country, dates back well over a century to Royal North Devon, otherwise known as Westward Ho!
Here it was originally decreed that the winner of the Autumn scratch medal should be bestowed with captaincy for the next 12 months. An arrangement that went swimmingly well until 1875, when an unsuspecting 16 year old put a spanner in the works.
Horace Hutchinson, who later became an esteemed golf writer, committed the ‘blazing indiscretion’ of winning the medal and then having to sit through subsequent committee meetings as chairman. There is no record of any upsets, but where there was once cigars and port, perhaps there were black jacks and milkshakes.
RND learnt by their mistake and, a couple of summers later, decided that the medal idea was a bad one and the club would elect a president instead. The rest of golf agreed and from then on captain’s elect would take part in ‘special qualifying events’ by themselves. Therefore they’d only have to hit one shot to win, hence, ‘driving in’ was discovered.
At Limpsfield Chart following Steve’s perfect drive we played a new competition called Boost. A three player team stableford with best two scores counting and opportunities to double, treble or quadruple individual scores. Steve played with new vice captain Mark Day and club chairman Richard Taylor and finished with 104 points, leaders in the clubhouse only by virtue of being the first group, and they finished last!
Finishing in third place were Chris Romyn, Victor Fenton and Ian Simmonds with 121 points, also with 121 points but finishing second on count-back were Jerry Hyde, Pete Masters and Clem Dalton. Winners on the day with an amazing 134 points were Ken Chesney, Brian Willmor and Barry Carter.
Sunday 24th November 2019
Something different to mark to last competition with Captain Pete Masters, a fourball foursome, an interesting format where each pairs effectively play two foursomes with just one balls score counting. Nobody knew what a winning score might be, but certainly should be better than a normal foursome, as proved the case.
Most teams exceeded 40 points, most had close games with their opposition pair. Perhaps a little slow play possibly as players adjusted to the format. In the end Bob Tyler and Barry Carter came third with 42 points, on count back Mark Day and new member Ken Chesney finished second, but with 44 points the winners were Ian and Elliott Simmonds.
Next week sees new Captain Steve Rosier ‘drive-in’ before a fun competition.